Published: Fri, October 05, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Preston Stone

Nokia 7.1 Goes Official: Marks The Debut of PureDisplay Technology

Nokia 7.1 Goes Official: Marks The Debut of PureDisplay Technology

HMD Global has mostly been releasing midrange Nokia smartphones with a focus on Asian markets, but today, the company announced a new Nokia 7.1 device that will be released in the USA and UK.

Sparse might be good in this case though, and the Nokia 7.1 shows HMD carving out a niche for affordable, widely available smartphones running clean Android with timely updates.

Why it matters: Quality mid-range devices offering a solid user experience are more plentiful than ever. That's not all, you'll be able to enjoy higher contrast (1,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio) even with standard content, as the smartphone is able to convert normal videos to HDR ones real-time.

The Android 9 Pie Beta update brings the majority of Android 9 Pie changes and features to Nokia 7 Plus. There was no global model of the Nokia 7 but then HMD has made a decision to launch the Nokia 7.1 globally. The handset uses a 3,060mAh cell rechargeable via a USB Type-C (2.0) port.

Unlike most Android device makers, Nokia is all-in with Android One.

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HMD once again partnered with lens experts at German optics company Zeiss in order to design the cameras on the Nokia 7.1. There's a notch at the top of that screen that's home to an 8MP camera with f/2.0 aperture. In the US, you'll get 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage while some markets will get a cheaper model with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage.

On the rear, you'll find two Zeiss-tuned cameras, with a 12MP primary camera alongside a 5MP depth sensing camera, allowing for striking depth-of-field portrait shots. Aside from the main camera, those are pretty average specs these days but you do get various photo modes including pro and bokeh. Still, it's a little odd to see an inclusion of an old-generation processor inside the Nokia 7.1.

The buds offer up to 3.5 hours of playback or 4 hours of talk time with the included charging case offering up to three additional charges. The phone runs Android 8.1 Oreo with a promised update to Android Pie very soon.

Yes, it's coming to the U.S.

The widespread availability - crucially, including in-store at Best Buy from early next month - should put this phone front and center in front of prospective buyers and it has a real chance of being a success for Nokia stateside. Pricing will start at €319 for the 3GB/32GB model and go up to €349 for the 4GB/64GB version. The base model of the handset that won't be sold in the USA will start at €319 in Europe, whereas the more powerful one should feature a €349 price tag.

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